MANILA, Philippines - The Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) will forge a partnership with world-class marine contractor Van Oord in establishing barge handling course for Filipino crew. This was firmed up following a visit by Peter Wander, International Crew Recruitment and Development Officer and Glenn M. Madrideo, Business Development Manager of Van Oord.
The partnership would focus on the use of Motion Bridge Simulator particularly with the Azimuth Control System (AZIPODS). Currently, MAAP has one Motion Bridge Simulator with built-in Azimuth Control Panel, three 120Â° Field of View Bridge Simulator, and ten Desktop Simulators. Van Oord and MAAP will use these simulator facilities to establish Split Barge Handling Course on their Filipino crew employed on Van Oord's Split Barge Vessels.
The purpose of this training is to get all split hopper crews acquainted with the maneuvering characteristics of the newly build 2800 cmÂ³ Split Hoppers. MAAP said this is another first of its kind in the region that will cater the need for specialized training courses to which the academy has always been in the forefront.
Van Oord is specializing on dredging, offshore and marine engineering projects around the world. An independent private company with deeply committed shareholders, Van Oord tackles projects of every size and complexity. (EHL)
Source: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/maap-ties-marine-contractor-van-oord-20110324-094026-204.html (MB – Fri, Mar 25, 2011 12:40 AM PHT)